Research Methods

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2017
Subject Name: 
Psychology
Course Number: 
123
Institution: 
Amherst College

This course is designed to explore the principles of behavioral science research and the rationale underlying various research methodologies. The course will take a hands-on approach to research design, data collection, and data analysis. Students will learn how to understand and critically evaluate original research reports, independently design and execute psychological investigations, and write scientific reports in APA format. Topics include the reliability and validity of measures, content analysis, correlational designs, randomized experiments and causal inference, experimental control, and ethical considerations. Time in class will be split between lectures, small group exercises and design of research projects, and data analysis using SPSS.


Requisite: PSYC 122. Limited to 20 students. Fall semester:  Professor Turgeon. Spring semester: Professor Demorest and Visiting Professor McCarty.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
Schedule #: 
PSYC-123-01-1617S

Course Sections

Research Methods
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Amy Demorest apdemorest@amherst.edu TH 01:00PM-03:30PM MERR 315